ADB Briefs are based on papers or notes prepared by ADB staff and their resource persons. The series is designed to provide concise, nontechnical accounts of policy issues of topical interest, with a view to facilitating informed debate.
Improving the Livelihood of Poultry Farmers in India through Contract Farming: How Effective?
This brief explores how efficient private sector-led contract poultry farming—where a farmer produces exclusively for one contractor—can boost the livelihoods of small-scale Indian farmers and support sustainable rural development.
The Role of Trade in Asia and the Pacific’s Net Zero Pathways: Overview and Policy Implications
As pressure grows on countries in Asia and the Pacific to ramp up climate change mitigation, this brief analyzes the critical role international trade can play in supporting a cost-effective regional transition to net zero.
Alternative Accommodations in Southeast Asia
This brief shows how bookings for non-hotel rooms via platforms such as Airbnb have soared in Southeast Asia and why stronger regulation can help maintain quality standards, increase tax revenue, and maximize local economic benefits.
Борьба с загрязнением воздуха в Бишкеке: Дорожная карта по улучшению качества воздуха
Загрязнение воздуха в Бишкеке, столице Кыргызской Республики, в зимнее время достигает опасных уровней. Это приводит к серьезным неблагоприятным последствиям для здоровья людей и экономики страны. В данном обзоре представлен консенсус по вопросам загрязнения воздуха в Бишкеке и его причинам, а также предложены меры для решения этой проблемы.
Tackling Air Pollution in Bishkek: A Road Map to Cleaner Air
Air pollution reaches hazardous levels in the Kyrgyz Republic’s capital, Bishkek, during wintertime. This causes large adverse health and economic impacts. This Brief summarizes the consensus around air pollution and its causes in Bishkek and proposes interventions to resolve this issue.
Uptake, Implementation, Portability, and Operability of the One Nation One Ration Card: A Study
This brief analyzes India’s One Nation One Ration cards that allow poor migrants to access subsidized grains nationwide and assesses how improving awareness and strengthening technological infrastructure could boost their take up.
How ADB Uses Futures and Foresight Tools to Help Countries Prepare for an Uncertain Future
As ADB’s developing member countries target sustainable growth and tackle inequality, this brief shows how future-focused tools and approaches can lead to forward-thinking strategies designed to navigate climate change and digital transformation.
Assessment of Cropland Changes in New Irrigation and Flood Embankment Infrastructure in Vientiane, Lao PDR
This brief assesses how high-resolution satellite imagery was used in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic to map how irrigation schemes changed agricultural production and improved the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.
Is There a Case for Bioplastics? Experience from Thailand
This brief outlines how the environmental benefits of bioplastics are tempered by waste disposal challenges and why Thailand and countries in Southeast Asia should consider policies and incentives to capitalize on rocketing bioplastics demand.
Strengthening Biodiversity Conservation in the Yellow River Basin of Henan Province, the People’s Republic of China
This brief outlines a two-year project to protect the biodiversity of the Yellow River Basin and the ecosystem services it provides that help support sustainable economic development in the People’s Republic of China (PRC).